One of the most frequently asked questions about Windows is “Why and How” to speed up the Internet connection. What I am going to show you is applicable to Windows Vista and XP.
Step #1 – Optimize Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU) and TCP Receive Windows (RWIN) with SpeedGuide TCP Optimizer
TCP Optimizer is free, and you can download it at SpeedGuide web site, just types “SG TCP Optimizer” into Google or any major search engine, you should be able to find it. It will help you to detect and configure the proper registry settings for your TCP network connection, automatic set the proper value for MTU and RWIN into registry. Remember to restart Windows after this setting.
Step #2 – Turn off TCP Auto tuning
In order for previous settings to activate, you need to turn off TCP auto tuning in Vista:
i) Press Windows key and type ” cmd. exe”, then CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER to run as Administrator. In the command Window, type ” netsh interface tcp set global autotuning=disable”, then enter.
ii) If you want to reactivate auto tuning, type ” netsh interface tcp set global autotuning=normal”.
If you find your Internet connection drop or slower after turning off TCP auto tuning, just reactivate it again.
Step #3 – Use OpenDNS
Your ISP DNS server will affect your Internet connection response, you can try a better and faster DNS server, and OPENDNS is a fast and free DNS server. Unfortunately, some country’s connection is too slow to use this service.
Step# 4 – Use Google Web Accelerator (GWA)
Every major web browser will support proxy server, this technology extends by Google web accelerator will establish a tunneling connection between your low bandwidth computer to Google high bandwidth server, and Google will compress the data before sending it over to your web browser, so overall performance increased!
The formula is simple: Google web accelerator downloads the destination page faster with high speed connection, then compressed it with the super fast server processing power before sending it over to your computer, and your low bandwidth connection will be faster because smaller data is sending across, then Google web accelerator on your computer will unpack and send the data to web browser.
Step #5 – Use faster web browser
Try to install a faster web browser from Mozilla Firefox or Apple Safari, they use less resources and generally far more faster than Internet Explorer. You ought to keep Internet Explorer for special web sites, but you can enjoy a faster browsing speed with Firefox and Safari.
This concludes your Windows Internet connection speed problems, if this 5 steps does not help, you need to re-install Windows or contact your ISP!
(C) Copyright 2008 Kok Choon – Feel free to reprint this article in its entirety as long as all links and author resources box in place.